Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Photographing Disappointment


Two photographers photographing an Afghanistan ravaged by war 130 years apart is the compelling story that runs throughout this brilliant 17 minute film from the Tate.

Photographer Simon Norfolk leaves behind modern photojournalistic method and takes a cue from the slower, more considered approach of nineteenth century photographer John Burke who photographed Afghanistan during the second Afghan war in 1878-80.

Norfolk adds a few political comments to his commentary that I can't say I totally agree with. The photographer seems to view the complicated situation over there with a very simplistic eye, however that shouldn't put you off from viewing this well produced film.

A gallery of Simon Norfolk's Afghanistan work can be found HERE

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